Before Waltham voters decide in November whether to reelect Mayor Jeannette McCarthy for a fifth term, the field will need to be narrowed during a preliminary election in September.
McCarthy will face two challengers in the preliminary election on Tuesday, Sept.17: Melissa Downes and City Councilor-at-large Diane LeBlanc.
The top two candidates in September’s preliminary election will move on to the municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Also on the ballot in September’s preliminary election will be City Council races for Wards 1, 2 and 9. Each of these wards has three candidates running, and the preliminary election will reduce each field to two.
Ward 1 voters will choose from David Gately, Lizzie Gelles and Anthony LaFauci.